cover image Bronco Dogs

Bronco Dogs

Caron Lee Cohen, Carol Lee Cohen. Dutton Books, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-525-44721-4

Sixgun Gus and Cannonball Clyde are mutts--and two of the cussedest varmints the Wild West has ever seen. Because of their ornery ways the folks out California way call them Bronco Dogs. The two buddies have themselves a time, riding and shooting and terrorizing folks. Stealing is just a sideline, but when they get a big haul, like the loot they acquire by robbing the First Cowgirl Bank, they ride for days and stash the loot at their Death Valley digs. These Cowgirls, however, are a bullheaded lot and pursue the two right to their hideout. When the loopy, lawless pair figure that the only thing that would scare these ladies is a ghost, Clyde accommodates the suggestion in dramatic fashion. This adventure-packed saga is filled with colorful language, and Shepherd's scruffy, expressive characters and technicolor landscapes capture the rip-roaring Western flavor of an old-time Saturday matinee. Ages 4-8. (May)